Unlimited Breadsticks Are Back at Olive Garden

Olive Garden’s never ending breadsticks return

Carb lovers, it’s time to celebrate: Olive Garden’s unlimited breadsticks are back on the menu after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The famously endless basket of breadsticks was removed from the menu in 2020 in response to the pandemic – in part because they shifted to a take-out focus, and in part to cut costs. 

Like many businesses, especially restaurants, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on Olive Garden. In 2020, many restaurants could not allow in-person dining.

Unlimited breadsticks were not available for take out orders, so this option was removed from the menu temporarily. Luckily, unlimited breadsticks are back! 

Can You Get Unlimited Breadsticks at Olive Garden? 

Yes! The unlimited breadsticks, as well as unlimited soup and salad, is available at Olive Garden once again. These offerings are for dine-in customers only, so if you’re ordering take out, you won’t be able to take advantage of this deal. 

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If you order an entree at Olive Garden, you can enjoy unlimited breadsticks with your meal. You may have to ask your server to refill your breadstick basket, but there are no limits to how many times you can ask. 

While there have been rumors of Olive Garden closing, the business is actually thriving now that indoor dining has returned in most areas.

Never ending soup, salad, and breadsticks are some of the most popular offerings, and since they’re in stores only, sales are booming.

Some reports say that 2021 has exceeded 2019 sales, pre-pandemic. 

How many breadsticks do you get at Olive Garden? 

When you first sit, your server will bring out a basket of breadsticks – typically one for every member of your party plus one. If you don’t order any food, that’s all you’ll get.

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If you order an entree, however, then unlimited breadsticks are included in your meal.

Servers won’t automatically refill your basket of breadsticks every time it’s empty, but if you ask, you shall receive. The only limit is how many you can fit in your stomach! 

How many breadsticks do you get with Olive Garden To Go? 

If you get Olive Garden to go, you can still get breadsticks.

Typically, you’ll get two breadsticks per entree ordered. If you want more, however, you can order an extra side of breadsticks, which comes with 6. 

Can you take breadsticks home from Olive Garden? 

If you haven’t finished all the breadsticks at your table, you can take the leftover home.

Your Olive Garden server is not allowed, however, to refill your breadsticks as you’re leaving just so that you can take some home. 

It’s not uncommon for patrons to try to sneak extra breadsticks home, but it typically isn’t allowed, other than the ones you weren’t able to finish at the table. 

Final Thoughts

With Olive Garden unlimited breadsticks back on the table, you’re sure to leave full and happy.

Check out our favorite Olive Garden dishes to plan your next night out!


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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.